Team Members


kay copyKay, aka Popsies, opened the store in 2006 and has worked there ever since, rarely taking time off. She is the heart and soul of the operation. She has developed and perfected the popcorn recipes. Her artistic instincts make a visit to the Popsies store an unforgettable experience. Kay’s favorites change often, but when asked:

  • Favorite Popcorn: Caramel
  • Favorite Chocolate: Sea Salt Caramels
  • Favorite Candy/Gummi: Gummi worms – any of them
  • Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip





Amy is one of Kay’s daughters-in-law, and she is now helping out full time in Popsies. She is married to Jim, Kay’s oldest son. In a former life Amy taught high school English in six different countries, including South Korea, Honduras, Cameroon, Taiwan, Macedonia, and Lebanon. She is enjoying the transition from teacher to popcorn & sweets specialist. Originally from the East Coast, Amy loves the natural beauty of the Pacific NW and hopes to take the ferry to Alaska sometime soon.


  • Favorite Popcorn: Cinnamon, Cherry, Caramel, Chocolate…this one is too hard to pin down!
  • Favorite Chocolate: Dark Chocolate Mini Ritter Squares w/Marzipan
  • Favorite Candy/Gummi: Red Kookaburra Licorice – yum!
  • Favorite Ice Cream: It’s a toss-up between strawberry cheesecake and Fudge tracks.
  • Best overheard in Popsies: “This store has every candy in the whole world!”



Anna is one of Kay’s granddaughters. She has worked Popsies on and off since the store’s opening.  She lives and works in Flagstaff, Arizona near her sister and nieces.  She always looks forward to her time in Washington with her Grandma and in her favorite store!

  • Favorite Popcorn: Cinnamon!
  • Favorite Chocolate: Chocolate covered Espresso Beans
  • Favorite Candy/Gummi: Strawberry Kookaburra Licorice is the best!
  • Favorite Ice Cream: Peanut Butter Cup


TJTJ is Kay’s first grandson, and is a true Popsies team member. He has been enthusiastically bagging and eating Popsies candy since he was three, and now loves helping customers and running the cash register. Popsies is special in his heart, as thinking about it has always helped chase nightmares away.

  • Favorite Popcorn: Passionfruit (his own invention)
  • Favorite Candy/Gummi: Chocolate covered gummy bears
  • Favorite Chocolate: Elaine’s Toffee
  • Favorite Ice Cream: Rainbow sherbet, hands down



Grady, Kay’s second grandson, is the biggest Popsies fan yet. Like his granny, he adores candy of all kinds, and Popsies has been a part of his life since he can remember. He loves to help in any way, and has spent many happy hours bagging candy, pricing, decorating and sampling loads of treats to make sure customers will like them.

  • Favorite Popcorn: Rootbeer (his own invention)
  • Favorite Candy/Gummi: Chocolate covered gummy bears
  • Favorite Chocolate: All
  • Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate




Kathryn, Kay’s daughter, lives and works in Japan, but has watched Popsies develop into a very special part of the Oak Harbor community. As she spends time in the shop, she sees how happy both children and adults are as they browse to find their special treats. She is so proud of her mom for her vision and strength as she’s run her own business into her golden years, and thanks her for creating a special place for her sons to learn and feel happy.

  • Favorite Popcorn: Caramel
  • Favorite Candy/Gummi: Cinnamon Hearts
  • Favorite Chocolate: Malt Balls
  • Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Best overheard in Popsies: “Where’s that nice old lady?”


Chad, Kathryn’s husband and Kay’s son-in-law, also lives and works in Japan, but has a keen interest in Popsies. Over the years Chad has been a popcorn maker, ice-cream scooper, handyman, website developer and delivery man. A big fan of sweets and treats, he benefits from being paid in milk-shakes and caramel corn.

  • Favorite Popcorn: Caramel
  • Favorite Candy/Gummi: Banana Laffy Taffy
  • Favorite Chocolate: Toblerone
  • Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


Jim is Kay’s son. Originally from Arizona, he has been a lawyer and an international school teacher. His teaching has taken him to Cameroon, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Macedonia and Lebanon. He is working behind the scenes on the technology that supports Popsies.


As far as Popsies favorite products are concerned, I like it all, but my favorite is:

  • Favorite Popcorn: Malted Milk Balls
  • Favorite Chocolate: Malted Milk Balls
  • Favorite Candy/Gummi: Malted Milk Balls
  • Favorite Ice Cream: Malted Milk Balls

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